9/8/18 Stood for a while, appreciating these Holsteins; bred for centuries as the most productive dairy animal.
A dairy farmer in Victoria, who takes in vet students at her farm, shares of her insistence that every intern must hug a cow before they begin their short stint of work there. A simple act, but an important one nevertheless, that transforms a commodity-producing unit to a living, feeling member of the family. Only then, can the intern provide the right attention and care for the animal, she asserts.
In the same vein, reminded by the writing of Wendell Berry: "For this to happen in the stewardship of humans, there must be a cultural cycle, in harmony with the fertility cycle, also continuously turning in place. The cultural cycle is an unending conversation between old people and young people, assuring the survival of local memory, which has, as long as it remains local, the greatest practical urgency and value. This is what is meant, and is all that can be meant, by 'sustainability.' The fertility cycle turns by the law of nature. The cultural cycle turns on affection. The primary motive for good care and good use is always going to be affection, because affection involves us entirely.”